Radon is responsible for 21,000 deaths annually. That is more than drunk driving. Yet, many people know very little about it. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. While it is found in all places, some buildings contain higher levels of radon. To make sure your family stays healthy, it is important to test for radon. Both the EPA and the US Surgeon General recommend that homes are tested for radon. Testing is inexpensive, and if you detect radon levels to be too high, it is easy to mitigate.
Inside, the average radon level is about 1.3 pCi/L. Outside, it is 0.4 pCi/L. Anything above 4 pCi/L is considered unsafe. Congress hopes to reduce to reduce the levels inside buildings to closer to what it is outside. Most homes can be reduced to 2 pCi/L or below.
Short term and long term tests can be conducted. A short term test only takes a couple of days but is not as precise. If your home is close to 4 pCi/L a long term test may be necessary. The EPA contends there is no level of radon exposure that is safe but sets 4 pCi/L as the limit where mitigation is crucial. By lowering any level of radon, you will reduce your risk of lung cancer.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to high levels of radon, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact the Sheboygan personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling (920) 459-8000.